Sports news: what’s going on


AMATEUR CRICKET teams can win a training session with Lancashire and £1,000 in a major new competition, The Wicket.

Menswear brand Jacamo is offering the unique prize as part of a contest to find the UK’s most dedicated cricket side.

The competition is open to all amateur teams, male or female, featuring players of any age and entering couldn’t be easier. All clubs need to do is submit between 150 and 300 words about why they feel they deserve to win, with a team photograph, to by 15 July 2013.

The winning team must be available to attend the coaching session on Tuesday, August 20th at Emirates Old Trafford.


DAVID KINLOCH was the winner of Oldham Century Road Club’s annual Mountain Time Trial, in the 25th staging of the Ian J Crossley Memorial event.

The race ended in Greenfield and the Club Ilkley CC rider finished at the head of a three-man battle for first place, with all three riders within a minute of each other as they crossed the line.


SPRINGHEAD FC is looking for new players to play under-14 football next season in the North Bury League.

Players must be in school year nine next season. For further information contact Craig on 07730 160 637


A FUNDRAISER inspired by her sister to do 21 challenges in 21 weeks for her 21st birthday has just completed the last – a marathon.

Rachel-Leah Stock, from Saddleworth, set herself the challenges to raise money for the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

She was inspired to do the challenges after her sister was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia and was saved by a bone marrow transplant.


COACHES AT Saddleworth Netball Club are being kept busy with more than 120 girls attending training sessions every week.

Established a decade ago, the club has developed into a huge outfit led by head coach Kelly Huchins.

Sessions for girls of primary school age up to seniors take place at Saddleworth School on Thursday and Friday evenings.

IAN McBRIDE won this year’s Dovestone Diamond race in Greenfield.

McBride, of Royton Road Runners, finished the race in 36min 01sec, ahead of Salford Harriers duo Carl Hardman (36:13) and Michael Grace (38:46).


FORMER SADDLEWORTH School teacher Andi Jones sprinted to victory in the Oldham 10k run.

The 34-year-old clocked a time of 31 min 27 sec which was over one-and-a-half minutes quicker than runner-up Ian McBride, of Royton Road Runners.

Jones, who has competed in the Commonwealth Games for England, finished 10th in the 2010 London Marathon recording the second-fastest time by an European in that race.

NICOLA WHITE, who began her playing days at Saddleworth Hockey Club, has won her 50th cap for England.

It came in a 1-1 draw against Australia at Chiswick, London, which was hosting an Investec World Hockey League event.

White would have reached her half century of caps the previous day, but was ruled out of a 4-1 win against South Africa through illness.


A LIST of sporting heroes and local dignitaries were present at the opening of the Oldham Boxing and Personal Development Centre.

The launch of the new town centre gym was attended by GB’s London 2012 boxing captain Tom Stalker alongside Rob McCracken, the performance director of the Great British boxing team.

The Centre is the brainchild of former boxer Eric Noi whose son Isaac is a pupil at Saddleworth School and member of the Rugby League academy at Wigan Warriors.

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